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A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple #7)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  19,060 Ratings  ·  714 Reviews
The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspensecreator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable charactersbrings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks including A Pocket Full of ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published July 2nd 1981 by Pocket Books (first published November 9th 1953)
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Feb 18, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-done-it
It’s been a long time since I’ve read any Agatha Christie and it’s easy to let one’s brain flow back into her story telling style. Her books do have a comforting familiarity. Dry humor to set the scene; the murder; the investigation; more dead bodies; the red herrings; the revealing.

No heavy lifting required. Like a pleasant spring day. This one is a Miss Marple and a decent read. It also provides an unexpected and emotional denouement.

Here’s the kicker for me: I find it very quaint that the Br
Ποιος σκότωσε το Ρεξ Φόρτεσκιου; Η δεσποινίς Γκρόσβενορ, ιδιαιτέρα γραμματέας του; Η γυναίκα του Αντέλ και ο εραστής της Βίβιαν Ντυμπουά; Η κόρη του Ελάιν; Ο γιος του Πέρσιβαλ ή η γυναίκα του Τζένιφερ; Ο γιος του Λάνσελοτ; (η Παμ, η σύζυγος του Λάνσελοτ, αποκλείεται) Η οικονόμος Μαίρη Νταβ ; Η μαγείρισσα Κραμπ ή ο άντρας ο Μπάτλερ; η υπηρέτρια Γκλάντυς Μάρτιν; ή η υπηρέτρια Έλλεν; Η δεσποινίς Ραμσμπότομ, αδελφή της πρώην (πεθαμένης πια) γυναίκας του;

Ο επιθεωρητής Νηλ της Σκώτλαντ Γυαρντ και ο αρ
Sophie Hannah
Loved this - brilliantly surprising ending, and one of those ideal Christie solutions where everything turns on its head at the end and all the same facts suddenly look completely different. I would have given it four stars, except that Miss Marple didn't really (as far as I can see) have enough clues to lead her to the truth. She seemed to have magicked the truth out of nowhere. I know she's a genius about human nature, but I'd have liked a couple of more concrete clues to set her on the right ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Elham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Miss Marple is always the one who finally finds the truths, too bad she's not herself a real detective. I think I must look for such character in radical science-fiction dystopian feminist novels.
Raya  Ka'abneh
May 22, 2016 Raya Ka'abneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كالعادة لا يوجد مراجعات لروايات أغاثا كريستي
وعليك أنت أن تكتشف هذه الإثارة وهذا التشويق بنفسك ♥
☯Emily needs to protest again
Another enjoyable reread. I remembered who the murderer was when (view spoiler) was killed. However, I did not remember the entire plot or the reason for the murder. It is a good thing that Miss Marple was nosy and went to the scene of the crimes. I'm not sure the detective would have figured it out without her.
Laurel Young
Agatha Christie loved to use nursery rhymes as a motif in her mystery novels for added creepiness. Sometimes it works perfectly, as with And Then There Were None or Crooked House (my favorite). Sometimes it feels a little forced, as with One Two Buckle My Shoe or, in this case, A Pocket Full of Rye. The premise is clever and also disturbing--the three murders that echo the rhyme (the king, the queen, the maid). I wondered how on earth Dame Agatha would explain the murderer's use of the rhyme wit ...more
Mansuriah Hassan
Agatha Christie is definitely one of my favourite author. I immensely enjoyed this book - an innocent cup of tea leads the reader on a path of exploration into the world of a very disfunctional family. This is a good Miss Marple mystery. Even though Miss Marple was not mentioned as often as I had expected.

A Pocket Full of Rye contains many of the very best elements of Agatha Christie: vivid and interesting characters, a great set-up, and the clever "gimmick" of three murders all being cleverly
Anna Kļaviņa
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose
Anastasia ^^
Όχι... αγκκ... γιατί εκείνος/η να είναι ο/η δολοφόνος!?!?
Jan 26, 2017 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Πολύ μυστήριο, φόνοι απροσδόκητοι και δύσκολο να καταλάβω το σκοπό τους… με κράτησε σε αγωνία και σε περιέργεια μέχρι και την τελευταία σελίδα. Στο μυαλό μου γύριζαν ένα σωρό ύποπτοι που θα είχαν λόγους να διαπράξουν όλους αυτούς τους φόνους, αλλά έπεσα έξω σε όλους.
Το μικρό μειονέκτημα μόνο… ότι η μις Μαρπλ δεν παρουσιάστηκε αρκετά μέσα στο έργο, αν και η λιγοστή παρουσία της στάθηκε ικανή για να δώσει πολλή τροφή για σκέψη στον επιθεωρητή Νηλ.
Περισσότερα εδώ...
Lydia Dyslin
Jan 31, 2017 Lydia Dyslin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2017-reads
Just what. I thought I had it all figured out. And I did, to some extent. But I definitely did NOT get the murder right. The one character I liked in this book (besides Miss Marple and Inspector Neele, obviously) did it??!?!?! I WAS SO WRONG. I DIDN'T BELIEVE THE WORST IN PEOPLE, WHICH I SHOULD OBVIOUSLY DO. Miss Marple says it herself. EVERYBODY is a suspect in these books. EVERY. BODY. GOT THAT???
Even that inconspicuous museum guard. He probably did it. Don't think "Oh the guard never does it
Susan in NC
Jan 23, 2017 Susan in NC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable- I found a Miss Marple I don't recall reading! Or if I did, I was very young...either way, I know I've seen the BBC version at some point. Not sure if it was my beloved Joan Hickson or one of the other Marples.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly and read it through in one rainy, cloudy, frigid winter Sunday - perfect! The local library has a beautiful collection of Christie books so I am able to indulge my current reading project of finishing Miss Marple in order and then Poirot - a muc
Feb 19, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Απογοητεύτηκα λίγο με αυτό το βιβλίο της βασίλισσας του μυστηρίου. Απο την αρχή κατάλαβα τον ένοχο και τον τρόπο που χρησιμοποίησε και εκτός αυτού λέει στην περιληψη οτι το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο είναι άθλος της μις Μαρπλ. Δεν την αναφέρει σχεδόν καθόλου παρά μόνο σε 5-6 σελίδες η οποία λύνει και το μυστήριο μετά απο μία επίσκεψη στην έπαυλη ενώ ο κακομοίρης ο αστυνομικός το παλεύει μήνες. ε καλά, εντάξει!
Pankaj Goyal
While most of the readers have rated this book either as ‘three stars’ or ‘four stars’ on Goodreads, this book is certainly a ‘five stars’ for me. I am not saying that this book is equivalent to ‘And Then There Were None’, ‘The Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’. These books will always be my all-time favourites and I cannot compare ‘A Pocket Full of Rye’ with these books. However, the book under review has its own charms and I cannot stop myself giving it all ‘five ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Gaetano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro Miss Marple: una vecchietta sorniona, acuta ed implacabile nel risolvere anche i casi più strani.

Questa volta si trova coinvolta, quasi a metà romanzo, in un omicidio in cui misteriosamente la vittima aveva dei chicchi di segale in una tasca; da qui il titolo della edizione originale (A Pocket Full of Rye) stranamente convertito in italiano come Polvere negli occhi.

Una antica filastrocca sembra contenere la chiave per risolvere il caso; qui la versione originale con le segale (rye) ed i me
Apr 01, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All my friends know that if my life is busy but I still want to get my yearning for reading fullfilled that my go-to author is Agatha Christie. Her books keep me hooked where I can easily fly through them in at max two days, just by reading in the bathtub or before bed. I am RARELY dissapointed by her, and "A Pocket Full of Rye" did it's job. It kept me excited and although it doesn't rank in my top favourite AC books, it still was a well-done book to me.

Jan 13, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

You know, it was kind of fun when I was doing my mad end of year Agatha Christie tear, in hopes of finishing up all her books in 2008 (which BTW, I did not), but now that I am reviewing all those books I read, it is kind of a slog. I mean, Christie is a pretty good mystery writer, and it’s pretty amazing that she could write 80+ books with so few duds and so little repetition, but I am also running out things to say about them. This is a Marple book, and a pretty good one, with a nursery rhyme t
Burgundy Rose
May 09, 2013 Burgundy Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, especially so because it's one of only a handful of Christie books that shows a servant with a life besides serving. More often than not, Christie's servants barely have a name (when it can be remembered), much less a personality fleshed out beyond the stereotypical uneducated emotional girl who either stole something or saw something. I found the end particularly moving in that regard - here and I believe for the first time, the police enters a servant's room to search her belongings ...more
يفترض ان الشخصية التي تتولى التحقيق في هذه الرواية هي الانسة ماربل العجوز لكن المحقق نيل كان من يتولى زمام الامور في الواقع
كنت اعتقد ان جيب مليء بالحبوب واحدة من روايات اجاثا التي تتولى فيها شخصية خارجية (لا ماربل ولا بوارو) التحقيق ثم تفاجأت بان ماربل تظهر في منتصف القصة
من الصعب تقبل وجود محقق اخر يتوصل الى الحقائق مع العجوز الذكية لو كان المحقق نيل وحده او الانسة ماربل وحدها في هذه الرواية لكانت افضل بكثير

اللغز معقد كعادة الغاز اجاثا ويثير الحيرة بشدة ولكن اعتقد ان الحل في النهاية جاء مفاجئا م
Nikita the bookworm
I love Agatha Christie!
She writes in a way that even if the book is short, the scene is set and all the clues are hidden in plain sight (but, you only realise that at the end).
I was so surprised that the murderer was (view spoiler). Everytime I pick up an Agatha Christie book, I tell myself to suspect the least suspicious person. Then, the murderer ends up being someone that I never bothered to consider as a suspect. It's infuriating! But, that's what makes Christie novels
Feb 06, 2016 Sibil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Miss Marple's book and I am really hapy about it. I was expecting something more from the Miss, but I am happy all the same: the plot was good (and I was really sorry when we discovered the bad guy! :( ) and I couldn't put down the book (and yes, I was busy, but the book was soooo good!). And I'm happy also because I liked the detective: usually the police is not so good when there is an "helper", the policemen seem always not good to their work, but this was not the case, yay!
Feb 01, 2015 meeners rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reread
speaking of guilty pleasures...! another book worth reading for the last sentence (or last pair of sentences) alone. christie springs that ending on the reader like a punch in the face. i have found few writers - in detective fiction or otherwise - who could match the sheer force of insight and unsentimental perspicacity of character introduced by christie here. or perhaps it simply feels that way because both the form and the intent are so seemingly casual. in any case, long live the mystery qu ...more
I usually like how agatha Christie used nursery rhymes in her titles and stories but this one didn't flow so well for me. still a good decent tale of mystery just not of of my preferred stories by her.
Enthralling as always but I won't lie the ending really was a nasty surprise.
Agatha Christie is the undisputed Goddess of the murder mystery genre. This is all.
Hitessh Panchal
Feb 13, 2017 Hitessh Panchal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie"

Okay , When you pick up Agatha Christie's book, you start with a certain expectations.

Expecting Whirlpools in your mind, expecting your suspicious mind to waver from one suspect to another. And I bet, when you read this one, all those expectations will be fulfilled.

A murder happens in Office, which is linked to home, and series of murder follows, limiting to few , unlike the number of those happened in "And Then There Were None". The Investigating

Annisa M Zahro
Jul 20, 2013 Annisa M Zahro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, on-hand
Ini seri ke-7 Miss Marple. Wanna try the others. Gimme more Agatha Christie's.. XD *review-nya nyusul yah


Inilah karya Agatha Christie yang pertama saya baca. Karena tidak ada embel-embel serial apa dan seri ke berapanya, jadi agak sulit kalau mau membaca urut, hehe. Saya pun asal comot ketika membelinya, ternyata buku yang ini adalah buku ketujuh dari serial Miss Marple, seorang nenek yang taktik mengumpulkan informasinya begitu "halus" tapi tepat sasaran. Miss Marple terhubung dengan kasus i
Feb 04, 2014 Joel rated it really liked it
Recommended to Joel by: Seige
Agatha Christie is brilliant. The novel was not at all what I was expecting: I was not necessarily surprised by the mind-blowing plot twists toward the end of the narrative, but by the lack of Miss Marple, who I had assumed was the main character of the book. The fact was that this book didn't really have a main character, a characteristic which I usually think of as a flaw. However, Christie crafted this characteristic into a marvelous work. It was entertaining to see the logical and intelligen ...more
Stacy LeVine
Very compelling story with an unfortunately anticlimactic ending. The nursery rhyme angle is very cool, but the murderer is never confronted at the end, as is usually the case in Christie mysteries. We just find out the person's name and the books ends. Also, Miss Marple hardly appears in the story at all. We don't get to experience her talking to people and figuring things out. We only hear her report her findings after-the-fact. This is the second Christie mystery I've read wherein I felt she ...more
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“Nobody believes in magicians any more, nobody believes that anyone can come along and wave a wand and turn you into a frog. But if you read in the paper that by injecting certain glands scientists can alter your vital tissues and you'll develop froglike characteristics, well, everybody would believe that.” 28 likes
“You think he is marrying her for money?'

'Yes, I do. Don't you think so?'

'I should say quite certainly,' said Miss Marple. 'Like young Ellis who married Marion Bates, the rich ironmonger's daughter. She was a very plain girl and absolutely besotted about him. However, it turned out quite well. People like young Ellis and this Gerald Wright are only really disagreeable when they've married a poor girl for love. They are so annoyed with themselves for doing it that they take it out of the girl. But if they marry a rich girl they continue to respect her.”
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